One of the biggest mistakes that many people make when launching a website for the first time is to focus more on securing a domain name and designing the best looking website. However, it is important to check on hosting requirements as well. Not all hosts are the same.
Web hosting, what’s the deal?
When you create a website, there are many files – CSS, HTML, images, and more. They all need a home. A web host is responsible for storing the files of your website on an Internet-connected server. This way, when someone visits your website, the files will load appropriately.
How do I check my requirements?
You will need to check on several different things, including the size of your website, the platform you are publishing on, and even the level of security that you need for your website. Budget is going to play a role as well. Most hosting sites will bill on a month-to-month basis.
What are my options for web hosting?
You are going to find that there are many types of web hosting options available to you – and each are going to be a little different. Below, you’ll find the three most commonly used hosting solutions.
Cloud hosting: This hosting model is growing in popularity. It allows resources to be consumed using a service on the Internet. Ultimately, it allows you to host your website on a server found in the cloud. You have the ability to add or remove resources on an as needed basis, including storage, memory, and more.
Dedicated hosting: This form of hosting will allow you to lease an entire server. This is going to provide you with flexibility, space, and a high level of security. You will want to choose an option like this if you have a large website and a large budget. It is perhaps the most expensive option, but it does provide you with a wide array of system resources. It can deliver high security, though it is also going to require a higher level of IT competency.
Shared hosting: This is one of the most common forms of web hosting because it is affordable. Your website will be placed on a server where there may be several other websites on the server as well. The reason it is so affordable is because you share the cost of the server with all the other websites. If you have a large website, this can be challenging because you will have slower load times because the server is dealing with multiple domains and therefore multiple files.
Once you know a little bit more about the different options available, it’s easier for you to check your hosting requirements and take control of the web host you ultimately choose when launching your website.